Preventive Technology Keeps Fuel Thieves From Scamming The Pump

As fuel theft rises, truck stops arm their pumps with an alarm system that can detect credit card theft or plain old siphoning.

By Alexandra HartAugust 11, 2017 11:22 am, ,

Fuel theft isn’t a new thing; people have been siphoning gas from cars for about as long as fuel tanks have existed. But what has changed is the technology that thieves use to pilfer gas, and the scale at which they’re stealing it. As the black market for gasoline grows, so does the need for gas station owners to protect their product.

Owen DeWitt, owner of Know Control, a company that makes fuel-theft prevention systems, says he got into the business over 10 years ago when a large truck-stop chain asked for his help to curb diesel theft from big rigs on its properties.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What methods are used to steal fuel, including “skimming”

– How Know Control’s alarm system works to prevent fuel theft

– Why fuel theft and credit card fraud at truck stops persists despite lower gas prices


Written by Caroline Covington.